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The Sacred Heart University Luxembourg Alumni Association exists to serve alumni, friends and graduates of the Jack Welch College of Business Luxembourg by providing opportunities to network and giving graduates a community to help shape career paths and bring a bit of their Alma mater wherever they go.

The Alumni Association is a great way to network, which is why students are always welcome to join any SHULA events. If you want to spend an evening networking and connecting with alumni, students, faculty and friends in a relaxed environment, please register for any of the events below!

We run alumni events through out the year, so please check back regularly for updates!

SHU Alumni Exclusive Event: Luxembourg Stock Exchange June 14, 2018



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The Luxembourg Stock Exchange is the leading exchange for international securities and  the first stock exchange in the world to introduce a platform exclusively for green securities.

The SHU Luxembourg Alumni Associations has organized an exclusive behind the scenes presentation of the LuxSE with none other than Maurice Bauer, Secretary General of the LuxSE.

This event is open to all alumni, current students and faculty. Registration is Mandatory.

The visit will be followed by a Networking Cocktail.

SHU Alumni Networking Drink: End of the Academic Year Party with SHULA!
July 5, 2018



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That’s a wrap! As the 2017-2018 Academic Year draws to an end, the SHULA invites you to celebrate the hardworking, dedication and achievements of the SHU Luxembourg students at the End of the 2017-2018 Academic Year Party! SHULA events! So why do not you take the opportunity to join the SHULA celebrate the End of the 2016-2017 Academic Year!

Please join us if you want to spend an evening networking and connecting with students, alumni and friends in a relaxed environment!

This event is open to all alumni, current students and faculty. Registration is Mandatory.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Activate your personal network to ensure a great turnout!

Sacred Heart University -26th Graduation Ceremony: A Celebration of Excellence in Business Education

The candidates for degrees have been assembled; the Faculty members are in their places; Members of the Luxembourg Board of Regents, and other officials of the University are present. The 26th Graduation Ceremony of the Sacred Heart University, Jack Welch College of Business in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are now officially in session.

41 students from over 20 different countries walked across stage on Friday, December 15, 2017, and embarked upon a new journey as MBA graduates after receiving diplomas and words of advice and motivation from scholars, alumni and classmates.

The evening was a celebration of the achievements of the graduates and an expression of gratitude to their spouses, significant others, and families who helped them through the rigorous MBA and graduate professional certificate programs.

2017 was an eventful year for Sacred Heart University Luxembourg. In addition to celebrating its 25th Anniversary in June, SHU was proud to award Master of Business Administration diplomas and Graduate Professional Certificates to the largest graduating class in the University’s Luxembourg history.

The Ceremony opened with a wonderfully welcoming speech given by John Chalykoff Ph.D., Dean of the Jack Welch College of Business. Dr. Chalykoff kicked the evening off by welcoming loved ones as well as the numerous supporters of the program—private companies and governmental representatives—all of whom help to build relations and networking possibilities for the SHU student and alumni community. The Dean highlighted the rigorous requirements of the MBA program and the dedication of the University faculty and staff to every student’s success.

John Chalykoff, Ph.D., Dean, Jack Welch College of Business, Sacred Heart University

Luxembourg remains among the very best of Jack Welch College of Business graduates.
-John Chalykoff Ph.D., Dean of the Jack Welch College of Business, SHU

Ms. Kelsey Hopper singing the National Anthem of the United States of America

Following the ceremonial tradition of the singing for the National Anthem of the United States of America, performed by Ms. Kelsey Hopper, our very own published Academic Director, Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Ph.D. made his way to the podium to deliver his speech as Academic Director.

Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Ph.D., Academic Director, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg

Dr. Steinherr was happy to point out that throughout SHU’s MBA program, the students’ personal objectives were a key focus during the course to teachers and mentors alike. Thanks were made to the faculty as well as recognition of the newest faculty members to join the SHU Luxembourg faculty team since the beginning of the 2016-2017 Academic Year SHU (Ondrej Mates, CA, M.S., Adjunct Professor of Accounting, David Pike, CPA, Adjunct Professor of Accounting, Gunter Fischer, Ph.D., MBL, Adjunct Professor of Finance, Sebastian Eberwein, Guido Von, Scheffer, MBA, Adjunct Professor of Management, Benjamin de Seille, M.S., Adjunct Professor of Management, Benedikt Jonas, M.S., Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Jennifer Trudeau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, Richard Pate, Esq., and Raquel Gonzales-Dalmau, MBA, M.S.).

These teachers have helped SHU stay ahead of the race by launching new courses such as Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Sustainability, Innovation Management, International Business Strategy and Management of Resilient Portfolios to name but a few.
-Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Academic Director, SHU Luxembourg

The instructors at SHU Luxembourg come from many different backgrounds including the main University campus in Fairfield, CT, U.S.A, and the European Investment Bank of Luxembourg.

In honor of the achievements celebrated throughout the evening and to inspire confidence in each of the graduates, captivating musical performances were given by Ms. Lucia Colombo, Soprano accompanied by Ms. Kelsey Hopper on piano.

Ms. Lucia Colombo singing “Di tanti palpiti” by Gioachino Rossini, accompanied by Ms. Kelsey Hopper on piano

The commencement address included speeches given by two of Sacred Heart’s own MBA alumnus. Ms. Laura Falletta, HR Initiatives Manager at RBC Investor Services Bank and Valedictorian of the MBA Class of 2007, was the first keynote speaker to address the graduates.

Laura Falletta, MBA, 2017 Commencement Address

Ms. Falletta gave an intriguing speech where she discussed the many obstacles that one faces before during and after achieving and MBA, but that determination is the key to success. Six years ago she returned to the work force after a three-year break and felt that the hostility of a changed environment branded her as obsolete and she began to underestimate her capabilities. But she persevered; remembering what her MBA studies had taught her

How to face and handle complicated issues, how to obtain results in spite of tough time constraints, how to react in a timely and agile manner
-Laura Falletta, MBA Class of 2007

and in those difficult moments she rediscovered her determination and that the qualities she gained during her MBA ten years ago will never be obsolete. Ms. Falletta turned to address the graduating class stating that despite the rapidly evolving environment one should remain inquisitive and eager to learn, to step out of their comfort zone and view all experience wanted or not as welcome ones that will only enrich ones skill set. That one should value negative feedback and seek out constructive critism as this will allow each individual to assess their areas for improvement constructively. Ms. Falletta stated that, “According to the World Economic’s forum, creativity will become one of the top three skills in 2020, together with complex problem solving and critical thinking. Ms. Falletta closed her speech with

Be determined, believe in yourself, be open to accept some risks and learn from your mistakes. You’ll shine brightly.
-Laura Falletta, MBA Class of 2007

Mr. Georges Muller, MBA graduate of the Class of 2004 was the second alumni keynote speaker to address the graduates. Mr. Muller is currently the Director of Artelis, Vice President of the Luxembourg Trade Confederation (Confédération Luxembourgeoise du Commerce), and Vice President of OPAL (Fédération des Opérateurs Alternatifs du Luxembourg). Mr. Muller spoke of perseverance and dedication, how it took him several years after completing his MBA to be promoted and that one should not expect a raise or professional development straight away after completing their studies.

One still has to prove themselves within the working environment and to earn the necessary respect to move onward and upward in their career.
-Georges Muller, MBA Class of 2004

Georges Muller, 2017 Commencement Address

Mr. Muller made it clear that hard work got him where he was and that he had enjoyed his time at SHU and all the benefits that his MBA brought him throughout the years.

If the work is done throughout the program then the understanding needed to manage and oversee a company are acquired.
-Georges Muller, MBA Class of 2004

Ms. Lucia Colombo returned to the stage accompanied by Ms. Kelsey Hopper on the piano to perform “Xiao He Tang Shui”, this beautiful performance reminds the audience of the diverse culture that Luxembourg and SHU nurture and thrive off.

Ms. Lucia Colombo singing, “Xiao He Tang Shui,” accompanied by Ms. Kelsey Hopper on the piano.

Once finished it was time for the graduates to receive their diplomas and awards. As part of the audience, one cannot help but catch the contagious feeling of pride, joy, accomplishment and satisfaction that seem to sweep through the room, infecting all in its wake leaving them with a sense of purposeful optimism. Each student makes their way across stage to shake hands with Dr. Chalykoff and receive their diploma and with each name called there is uproar of cheers from the crowd as proud relatives and friends are delighted to be part of the ceremony and share in the accomplishments of their loved ones.

The Dean’s Leadership Award was presented to SHU’s very own Marketing Manager Charlene Schuessler, the Silver Medal of Excellence was awarded to Valentina Maestroni and finally, the Gold Medal of Excellence and honor of Valedictorian was awarded to, Oscar Chow Lipchak, the first MBA with internship student to be named Valedictorian and recipient of the Gold Medal of Excellence since the MBA with internship program was launched in 2012.

Charlene Schuessler, Dean’s Leadership Award
Valentina Maestroni, Silver Medal of Excellence Award
Oscar Lipchak, Gold Medal of Excellence Award

Mr. Lipchak gave a heartfelt Valedictorian speech stating that he had almost lost his confidence in his work ability until he was challenged with the MBA program at Sacred Heart University which renewed his confidence, spirit and determination. Following the lead of the speakers before him, he stated that,

Determination is a key factor in obtaining the MBA.

Oscar Lipchak, Valedictory Address

The 26th Graduation Ceremony of SHU Luxembourg was also an opportunity to honor this year’s CAPSTONE COURSE client organizations for their commitment to SHU and its students with a Thank You Award for making a difference to SHU and the students.

  • Keasy, represented by Benjamin de Seille
  • AirFrame, Inspections represented by Dr. Jose-Luis Sanchez-Lopez
  • Ampacet, represented by Philippe Hugele
  • LuxAI, represented by Dr. Pouyan Ziafati
  • Luxinnovation EcoInnovation Cluster, represented by Charles-Albert Florentin
  • Luxinnovation Wood Cluster, represented by Philippe Genot
  • Luxembourg Ministry of Culture, represented by Regis Moes (Benedicte Keith, MBA student, standing in for Mr. Moes.)

SHU says thank you to you all for your help and support in providing and delivering Excellence in Business Education. Your commitment is an important and unique pillar in our students’ learning experience.

The ceremony concluded with a private cocktail dinner enjoyed by all graduates, SHU Alumni, family members and guests.


Presenting the Graduates of the SHU Jack Welch College of Business, Class of 2017

Master of Business Administration

Jouda Adada
Raju Ratnakar Akulwar
Ana Rita Barros
Abdelhakim Ben Fakir
Fabio Rocha Bezerra
André Luiz Santos De Brito
Pierre Charles Marie de Marneffe
Lucas Fernandez
Stephan Gavin
Renu Gupta
Marwa Ibrahim
Raymond Kalimunda
Justine Konowal
Adam Yomba Kourouma
Ralph Armand Léon Krips
Julien Lazzari
Oscar Chow Lipchak
Valentina Maestroni
Tsun Hei Eric Man
Melanie Molinari
Shruti Muller
Niranjan Mysore Vishwamurthy
Samy Mzabi
Kevin Edward Nolan
Aarti Priya
Gabriel Ristow Cidral
Youssef Saghir
Jérôme Scherpenbergs
Charlene Schuessler
Stéphane Schuh
Fabrizio Seminara
Patrycja Stala
Joshua Stone
Caio Gomes Strutz
Lucca Martins Dela Santina Torres
Saranya Valsarajan
Leonardo Valtierra
Ai Xie

Graduate Professional Certificate

Ahmed Benssouna – Corporate Finance
Serkan Ekici – Modern Business Management
Paola Miccoli – Modern Business Management
Anna Lisa Sigurjonsdottir – Modern Business Management (not in attendance)





Chamber of Commerce, Centre de Formation
7, rue Alcide de Gasperi, L-2981 Luxembourg

Already feeling the winter blues? Just in time to start planning your summer holidays with SHU!

This summer SHU is giving you the opportunity to…

    • Explore current business issues related to doing business in Asia

    • Visit a number of foreign businesses operating in Beijing and South-East Asia

    • Visit famous cultural attractions on private guided tours in each destination

    • Students can earn academic credit


SHU welcomes all individuals to benefit from our Asian experience. In 2015 we had students, alumni and partners join and we hope to again. Students will have first priority and can take the study-trip as a course for credit (3 CH elective) or non-credit.


First Name *

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E-mail *
Phone number *
Address *
City *
Postal Code *
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Company *
Position *








Depart from Luxembourg: Friday, August 3, 2018
Return to Luxembourg: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Destinations: Beijing, China
2018 Asia Trip Total Duration: 16 Days
Estimated Cost*:
*Costs will be determined based on the final number of participants
€3,500 Shared Room
€4,000 Single Room
Breakfast Included
Lunch & Dinner NOT Included



If you’d like to request SHU attempt to arrange a certain type of corporate visit, please contact Alexandra Lewis (


If you’re interested in joining the 2018 Asia Trip, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM or contact Alexandra Lewis ( for more details.

SHU 26th Graduation Ceremony: Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:00 pm

26th Graduation Ceremony
Sacred Heart University
Jack Welch College of Business
in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:00 pm*

Salle Robert Krieps
28, rue Münster
L-2160 Luxembourg

*Ceremony will step off promptly at the designated time. Please plan your arrival accordingly.

SHU invites you to celebrate the achievements of the graduates and thank their spouses, significant others, and families who helped them through the rigorous MBA and graduate professional certificate programs.

Please join us at the 26th Graduation Ceremony of the SHU Jack Welch College of Business in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg!

We have been proud to have the graduates as our students and we will be proud to welcome them to the SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association.

All guests are invited to join SHU for a walking dinner and holiday reception immediately following the ceremony.




First Name *

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Any Questions?


Commencement Exercises:
6:00 pm*
Salle Robert Krieps
*Ceremony will step off promptly at 6:00 pm.
Please plan your arrival accordingly.

Walking Dinner & Holiday Reception:
7:30 pm
The Cloister


R.S.V.P by Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Registration is mandatory.
There is no charge for this event.

Parking is not available at the Neimënster.
It is recommended that the upper city
parking lots be used (Saint-Esprit) or
the parking lot of the “Brasserie” of
Rives de Clausen.

Parking Map

@CyberTalent Day

Not sure what to do next?
Looking for a new opportunity after you’ve completed your studies?

Join Sacred Heart University


October 17, 2017

The 2017 “Cyber Talent Day” provides a comprehensive overview of opportunities for career optimization and career development in the digital area.



Hear From the Experts. Listen to experts from major employers in the Greater Region on what it means to have a career in the digital area, the paths they followed, and how to build your digital career.

Luxembourg Institute for Digital Training (LIDIT) LIDIT will host the event during the 2017 CyberSecurity Week as part of the “Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Luxembourg”.

Cybersecurity Week Cybersecurity is among the greatest challenges of the digital economy, increasingly emerging every day as a field with high potential in terms of new skills, jobs and growth.

The Grand Duchy has been considering this area as an opportunity for economic growth for over 15 years, a view further highlighted in the governmental Digital Lëtzebuerg initiative, as well as the announcement, in October 2016, of a competence centre on cybersecurity.

Building on this momentum, five players are gathering today to create the Cybersecurity Week-Luxembourg in the framework of the European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM), an annual advocacy campaign organised by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the European Commission to promote cybersecurity internationally.

This first edition will be carried out by the Ministry of Economy, the national platform for the promotion of cybersecurity SECURITYMADEIN.LU, Luxinnovation, Excellium and PwC Luxembourg, in partnership with the Luxembourg Institute for Digital Training (LIDIT), coordinator of the Digital Skills Coalition Lëtzebuerg.

The Cybersecurity Week – Luxembourg (#luxsecurityweek) will allow participants to:

  • Make the most of existing synergies in the Grand Duchy and further contribute to the development of initiatives carried out by public and private actors in cybersecurity;
  • Increase opportunities at national and international levels to attract start-ups, talent and investors, thus positioning Luxembourg as a key European player in cybersecurity.

Don’t miss out on this networking opportunity to make the right contacts and find your potential new employer.

Twitter: @LuxSecurityWeek
Hashtag: #luxsecurityweek
Linkedin: Cybersecurity week Luxembourg

Luxembourg College Night 2017

For the first time ever in Luxembourg, nearly 25 universities will be represented at this American style university fair. From major research institutions to small liberal arts colleges, to one of America’s most highly regarded music conservatories, Luxembourg College Night will offer attendees the unique opportunity to find the university program that fits them.

With over 3,000 universities in the United States, the variety and depth of university programs is a major strength and international students are a major part of the diversity of American university and college campuses.

Sacred Heart University is proud to participate in this inaugural event in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, EducationUSA and the International School of Luxembourg. We are excited to present and discuss our BA programs offered at our main campus in Fairfield, CT (U.S.A.), as well as our AACSB accredited MBA programs offered at both the U.S. and Luxembourg campuses.

Antoine Rech, MBA
Administrative Director
Sacred Heart University Luxembourg

Scholarships to study in the U.S. are available from a wide variety of sources. There is also support available from the Government of Luxembourg.(CEDIES)

Here in Luxembourg and around the world the U.S. Department of State supports the EducationUSA program to provide resources and encouragement to international students wishing to study in the U.S.

If you are interested in Bachelors, Master’s or Ph.D. level education in the U.S. we invite you to Luxembourg College Night to learn more. Advisors from EducationUSA will be present at the fair to respond to your questions.

From 17:00 to 18:00 there will be an info session on the U.S. university application and admissions process.

From 18:00 to 20:00 there will be the open university fair where you can speak with university representatives.

Entry is FREE. Parking available at P&R Bouillon. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information contact:

SHU looks forward to meeting you on October 5, 2017!